Warsaw Uprising Square

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Polish National Bank building (left) on Warsaw Uprising Square, in Warsaw.

Coordinates: 52°14′9″N 21°00′47″E / 52.23583°N 21.01306°E / 52.23583; 21.01306 Warsaw Uprising Square (Plac Powstańców Warszawy, formerly Napoleon Square) is a square in the central Warsaw district of Śródmieście.

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Located at the junction of ulica Świętokrzyska (Holy Cross Street) and ulica Szpitalna (Hospital Street), and near Nowy Świat (New World Street), it is one of Warsaw's central squares.[1] Most of the Square's buildings were destroyed in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, and the Square is now notable for only two landmarks: the seat of the Polish National Bank (which Varsovians irreverently call "trumna" — "the coffin"), and the former Prudential building, which was the second skyscraper to be built in Warsaw and the tallest until the 1950s.

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